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by Daniel Z
September 11th, 2018, 12:19 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: a magic wallet on kickstarter
Replies: 13
Views: 547

Re: a magic wallet on kickstarter

And this one now on sale at Quicker than the Eye. https://quickerthantheeye.com/p/cards-70/treasury-note-magic-wallet The description reads: Himber-type wallet to hold treasury notes. Exterior of faux leather, interior with paper resembling silk cloth. Reads "Treasury Note Wallet" on exter...
by Daniel Z
September 10th, 2018, 8:20 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: a magic wallet on kickstarter
Replies: 13
Views: 547

Re: a magic wallet on kickstarter

That's very true Matt. Though got one just like it in a magic kit as a kid (well, made of vinyl or something similar).
by Daniel Z
September 9th, 2018, 10:32 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: a magic wallet on kickstarter
Replies: 13
Views: 547

a magic wallet on kickstarter

about half-way down the page this wallet manufacturer offers a magic wallet without much explanation or context...
https://tinyurl.com/y8olhufo
by Daniel Z
August 12th, 2018, 7:04 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: investigation of how expectations influence perception
Replies: 4
Views: 369

Re: investigation of how expectations influence perception

Jonathan and Edward. Great stuff.
by Daniel Z
August 11th, 2018, 8:39 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: investigation of how expectations influence perception
Replies: 4
Views: 369

investigation of how expectations influence perception

Our (Reel Time Images) last documentary was on science and magic (released in Canada, US/International version is in the works). It focused on scientists using magic as a way of investigating cognition, consciousness and behaviour, not so much on the science of how magic works. That is, it looked mo...
by Daniel Z
July 29th, 2018, 7:21 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Declassified Government Psi Research
Replies: 7
Views: 538

Re: Declassified Government Psi Research

Brad. I think Annie Jacobson's book is titled "Phenomena: The Secret History of the U.S. Government's Investigations into Extrasensory Perception and Psychokinesis"
by Daniel Z
July 28th, 2018, 11:33 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Science of Magic Association (SOMA)
Replies: 0
Views: 155

Science of Magic Association (SOMA)

Planning ahead: The first meeting of SOMA took place in London last year. I was lucky enough to haver been there doing some filming for our documentary The Science of Magic. It looked at the work of some of these scientists who were using magi as a tool to probe consciousness, perception, cognition ...
by Daniel Z
July 24th, 2018, 11:12 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: The Other (Magic) Castle
Replies: 0
Views: 202

The Other (Magic) Castle

Article on the The Magic Castle and its twin building built by the same architect. https://tinyurl.com/y7mjd5d4
by Daniel Z
July 20th, 2018, 9:14 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: make up artist creates illusions
Replies: 0
Views: 167

make up artist creates illusions

From BBC The illusions of Mirjana Kika Milosevic. With make up (and black art) the Serbian make-up artist paints herself in different optical illusions, from skulls to twisted body parts. https://tinyurl.com/yah7rhpc
by Daniel Z
July 15th, 2018, 9:48 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: The Art of Palming by Adelaide Herrmann
Replies: 4
Views: 761

Re: The Art of Palming by Adelaide Herrmann

That's great Bill. Thanks.
by Daniel Z
June 29th, 2018, 6:26 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Harlan Ellison
Replies: 9
Views: 782

Re: Harlan Ellison

and that memorable ep of Twilight Zone was directed by none other than the great Alan Smithee.
by Daniel Z
June 28th, 2018, 3:37 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: New York's Magic History
Replies: 2
Views: 444

Re: New York's Magic History

As a kid used to get down there every hear or two in the 60s when we'd drive to NY to visit relatives. I'd coerce my parents to take me to Tannen's and Flosso's. I still have an ashtray that I somehow purloined from Rosoffs.
by Daniel Z
June 28th, 2018, 10:30 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Penn &Teller: Fool Us Season 5
Replies: 36
Views: 3051

Re: Penn &Teller: Fool Us Season 5

And David's son Courtney being suspended. When Court grew too big or too bored it was Julie who he floated in the ether...
by Daniel Z
June 28th, 2018, 10:28 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Penn &Teller: Fool Us Season 5
Replies: 36
Views: 3051

Re: Penn &Teller: Fool Us Season 5

Hi Bill. It sure is.
by Daniel Z
June 28th, 2018, 9:03 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Penn &Teller: Fool Us Season 5
Replies: 36
Views: 3051

Re: Penn &Teller: Fool Us Season 5

Thanks Richard. I may try to figure that out. In any case the photo I had in mind is a similar image to the one Brad posted just a little later I the act and the support (trellis, saw-horse) under the footstool/cane end has been removed. The image that is already up is probably sufficient for those ...
by Daniel Z
June 27th, 2018, 11:14 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Penn &Teller: Fool Us Season 5
Replies: 36
Views: 3051

Re: Penn &Teller: Fool Us Season 5

I was going to show a later shot showing the trestle (saw horse) removed. I'll try again.
by Daniel Z
June 27th, 2018, 10:54 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Penn &Teller: Fool Us Season 5
Replies: 36
Views: 3051

Re: Penn &Teller: Fool Us Season 5

Here's a photo of David Ben in one of his conjuror incarnations doing what I believe is the first performance in modern times as per the original (complete with cane on footstool) in front of a live audience (2002). The whole thing was set up and later taken apart in front of the audience. Trying to...
by Daniel Z
June 27th, 2018, 11:46 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: New York's Magic History
Replies: 2
Views: 444

New York's Magic History

From Atlas Obscura an online article titled: An Insider’s Tour of New York’s Disappearing Magic History. https://tinyurl.com/y7sf29j3
I should add that this lengthy article features the latest Slaight Award winner Noah Levine.
by Daniel Z
June 21st, 2018, 8:13 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: A History of Magic in India
Replies: 5
Views: 354

Re: A History of Magic in India

Hi Jonathan. Sorry about that. You're quite right. I learned about the book from an article I was sent re: the Indian release. Different name, different imprint, different release date. Here's the article (an excerpt from the book with lots of cool pix): This story is based on an excerpt from John Z...
by Daniel Z
June 21st, 2018, 3:34 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: A History of Magic in India
Replies: 5
Views: 354

A History of Magic in India

John Zubrzycki who has written a number of books on the subject has a new one coming out this month. Empire of Enchantment: The Story of Indian Magic. "From exploring the origins of the Rope Trick legend to documenting the life of India’s greatest magician, P.C. Sorcar, Empire of Enchantment, i...
by Daniel Z
May 16th, 2018, 10:44 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: P.T. Selbit
Replies: 20
Views: 1304

Re: P.T. Selbit

Hi Tom. I think you may be correct that David Ben's version was closer to the Wakeling than the Selbit. Of course with his own modifications both technical and in performance. For example, and perhaps most notably, in the spirit of Richardi, he doesn't restore the subject. Unlike Richard David's ver...
by Daniel Z
May 15th, 2018, 10:39 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: P.T. Selbit
Replies: 20
Views: 1304

Re: P.T. Selbit

David Ben did a very clever version of the Selbit sawing in a number of his stage shows (he also did spirit painting routine in a few of them).
by Daniel Z
March 13th, 2018, 9:25 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: an online copy of Scot's Discoverie of Witchcraft
Replies: 0
Views: 476

an online copy of Scot's Discoverie of Witchcraft

From Frazer's Golden Bough, to Waddell's Buddhism of Tibet, the Princeton Theological Library makes available over 70,000 religious texts. including, Scot's Discoverie of Witchcraft. https://tinyurl.com/yd37bx3z
by Daniel Z
March 5th, 2018, 5:33 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Science of Magic documentary
Replies: 0
Views: 436

Science of Magic documentary

As mentioned on Genii Online https://tinyurl.com/ybjxu2px Our film Science and Magic will air in Canada, Sunday March 18 on the CBC. The name is a bit of a misnomer. Its not primarily about how magic uses science, or how science can cast light on how magicians do their trick. The focus of the film i...
by Daniel Z
February 25th, 2018, 9:49 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Magic and Autism
Replies: 7
Views: 720

Re: Magic and Autism

Hello John. There's been little real research on this point but it is beginning. Below I'll attach a link to an article about an experiment carried out by Gustav Kuhn at Goldsmiths University of London. Professor Kuhn is accomplished cognitive psychologist. But he was first a magician, and is one of...
by Daniel Z
January 31st, 2018, 3:04 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Michael Close's "The Paradigm Shift" Volumes One and Two Available Now
Replies: 21
Views: 3826

Re: Michael Close's "The Paradigm Shift" Volumes One and Two Available Now

Got mine. Wouldn't miss it. Mr. Close is a talented, smart and very funny guy... for a piano player.
by Daniel Z
December 26th, 2017, 7:13 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Devil's Playthings from Magicana
Replies: 2
Views: 1330

Devil's Playthings from Magicana

This may not be everyone's idea of Christmas fare, but Magicana has posted a link to a rarely available 2013 short film I made with David Ben. "The Devil's Playthings" was only available online for a few days shortly after we finished it. If you weren't one of the lucky few who caught Davi...
by Daniel Z
November 24th, 2017, 8:46 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: A 1930's Harry Price ghost investigation revisited
Replies: 0
Views: 762

A 1930's Harry Price ghost investigation revisited

A new look at a "haunting" by Gef, a phantom talking mongoose on the Isle of Man. Really! https://tinyurl.com/y7va5ppw
by Daniel Z
November 22nd, 2017, 8:56 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Geoff Williams Aronson Stack Workshop
Replies: 8
Views: 853

Re: Geoff Williams Aronson Stack Workshop

Yes the way he deals with the court cards is very clever. I'd say a definite improvement I learnt the mnemonic before learning any stack so I didn't have quite the same issues about things like f and v. But I did use the same f-8 shape association, then it was simply that v sometimes could be the sa...
by Daniel Z
November 22nd, 2017, 4:34 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Geoff Williams Aronson Stack Workshop
Replies: 8
Views: 853

Re: Geoff Williams Aronson Stack Workshop

Hi again Bill. I see. I learned it as a phonetic code, so regardless of spelling a J is 6 if it sounds like a zh, or sh etc. and a hard g, c ,or k is 7, f would be 8 but so would v. The difference wasn't obvious to me. I thought by 1-t, 6-g and 7-k, 8-f etc you were listing sounds (or lose groups of...
by Daniel Z
November 22nd, 2017, 2:00 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Geoff Williams Aronson Stack Workshop
Replies: 8
Views: 853

Re: Geoff Williams Aronson Stack Workshop

Hi Bill. Thanks for the review. I was uncertain why you say "The only downside I can see to Geoff's system is that knowing the standard mnemonic associations between the digits and letters is very useful, and this will screw that up somewhat." The equivalences you give are the same one I l...
by Daniel Z
September 19th, 2017, 2:33 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Turnantula
Replies: 24
Views: 6047

Turnantula and Gaffus Max

Turnantula might be elusive but Gaffus Maximus has arrived. At least to my house. Thank you Mr. Farmer
by Daniel Z
September 15th, 2017, 6:11 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RIP Peter Reveen Sr.
Replies: 26
Views: 3270

Re: RIP Peter Reveen Sr.

I found this online and it gives a glimpse of the board Bob is describing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cm8Y_56xvu4
by Daniel Z
September 14th, 2017, 6:05 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RIP Peter Reveen Sr.
Replies: 26
Views: 3270

Re: RIP Peter Reveen Sr.

Sadly (for me), I never saw his illusion show but I did see his hypno show. It stands out in my memory as being a wonderful act and much more sophisticated then many others.
by Daniel Z
August 28th, 2017, 8:24 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: One man's art is another man's...
Replies: 0
Views: 916

One man's art is another man's...

According to the online arts "magazine" Hyperallergic "The Transported Man, a group show at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University, uses the mechanisms of magic as a means to analyze art." http://tinyurl.com/y7wzgbah
by Daniel Z
August 15th, 2017, 10:51 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: MAGIC Live 2017?
Replies: 65
Views: 6221

Re: MAGIC Live 2017?

Bill. The line up last night was:
David Goldrake, Po-Cheng Lai, Levent, Simon Pierro, Jonathan Goodwin, Niek Takes.
Hosted by: The Passing Zone

Looking forward to running into you!
Daniel
by Daniel Z
August 9th, 2017, 8:42 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Eugene Burger Has Died at 78
Replies: 46
Views: 8117

Re: Eugene Burger Has Died at 78

The last time I saw him was early April of this year. My wife and I got to hang out with him over a few meals. He seemed to be in great shape. We made plans to get together in a few months. My sadness at the loss I felt on hearing the news was tempered by how glad I feel that I got to know him - eve...
by Daniel Z
July 29th, 2017, 10:22 am
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: The Bammo Tarodiction Toolbox
Replies: 98
Views: 21009

Re: The Bammo Tarodiction Toolbox

Bob. You don't need me to add my praise for all this original and creative work. But you have it anyway, along with my thanks for stopping with this 8th addendum. It's all too much for my poor brain, and what you've put together so far will take me months (years) to work my way through.

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